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UM Trustee Robert Mann Makes $1M Gift to Athletics

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UM Trustee Robert Mann Makes $1M Gift to Athletics

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UM Trustee and alumnus Robert A. Mann

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 14, 2015) — The University of Miami Athletics Department announced a gift last Wednesday of $1 million from UM Trustee and alumnus Robert A. Mann to create the Robert A. Mann Endowed Fund for the Department of Athletics.

This endowment gift, which will support Hurricanes football, basketball, baseball, and emergency needs for all student-athletes as determined by the director of athletics, is in support of Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami. With this gift, the Athletics Department has raised more than $104 million towards its Momentum2 goal of $125 million.

“Thank you to Bob Mann for his longstanding generosity, commitment, and leadership to University of Miami Athletics,” said UM Director of Athletics Blake James. “Bob is a trusted friend to our program and we are grateful that our dedicated student-athletes will forever benefit from Bob’s generosity and leadership.”

A Cleveland native and longtime Golden ’Cane, Mann has generously supported scholarships and facilities in both Athletics and the School of Communication. Mann, A.B. ’70, serves on the University’s Board of Trustees’ Athletics Advisory Committee and chairs the Visiting Committee of the School of Communication. His past contributions to athletics include support for the construction of Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field, the Robert A. Mann Auditorium in the Schwartz Center for Athletics Excellence, and many years of generous discretionary support.

Recognized for his unwavering commitment to his alma mater, Mann was named Henry King Stanford Alumnus of the Year in 2008.

To learn more about athletics giving opportunities or to make a gift to University of Miami Athletics, visit uhurricaneclub.com or call Jesse Marks, associate athletics director for development, at 305-284-2981.

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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Jacob Winston Gives Back to UM While Still Earning His Degree


Jacob “Jake” Winston understands the importance of financial aid for students who have the talent but not the resources to attend the University of Miami. “When I enrolled here as a freshman in 2009, UM gave me a scholarship, and that was a major factor in my decision to come here,” says Winston, a senior security systems technician at the UM Police Department. “Now that I am working full time here, I feel privileged to give back to the University.”

Last May, Winston contributed to the Class of 2014’s senior gift to UM, although he won’t receive his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering until next spring. He also gives 1 percent of his salary to the United Way, designating the University as the recipient. “I put no restrictions on my gifts,” says Winston. “It doesn’t matter where the donation goes as long as it helps UM.”

A native of Michigan, Winston has always been computer savvy, and his high school teachers in engineering design and anatomy inspired him to study the layout and functions of complex systems, such as the human body.

Now, Winston is applying that knowledge to the University’s campus-wide video security system. “Our goal is to protect people and catch criminals,” he says. When campus police conduct an investigation, Winston reviews video footage from surveillance cameras and provides information that can help lead to the apprehension and conviction of a suspect.

When he’s not on duty, Winston enjoys listening to all types of music, relaxing at the beach, and going out with his friends. “Miami is a great international city, and it’s a lot of fun to live and work here,” he says. “There’s something new and different to do every weekend.”

He never wavers, though, from encouraging other employees to do their part in supporting and sustaining the University. “We are all part of the ’Canes family,” he says. “The more we give, the more we strengthen the value of UM as an academic institution.”


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Gift of $50 Million to Name UM’s New Health Care Facility

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Gift of $50 Million to Name UM’s New Health Care Facility

The Lennar Foundation Medical Center will deliver breakthrough health care to South Florida starting in 2016.

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When it opens in 2016, the Lennar Foundation Medical Center will deliver premier services of the Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami Health System.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 23, 2014) — The Lennar Foundation, the charitable arm of The Lennar Corporation, one of the nation’s largest builders of quality homes, has given a lead gift of $50 million to name the UHealth at Coral Gables ambulatory center. A ceremonial groundbreaking event for The Lennar Foundation Medical Center took place Thursday afternoon.

To be located on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus, this 200,000-square-foot outpatient center will provide easy access to UHealth’s leading physicians for surrounding communities as well as UM students, faculty, and staff. It is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016. Read the full story

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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Engineer Enhances Environmental—and University—Resources

Helena Solo-Gabriele

Helena Solo-Gabriele

As a teacher, researcher, role model, and donor, Helena Solo-Gabriele is making a difference in the world. “Since I was an undergraduate here in the 1980s, our University has made huge advances,” says Solo-Gabriele, professor and associate dean for research in the College of Engineering. “While the amount I give each year isn’t large, I know it’s important. As more and more of our faculty, staff, and alumni donate, our University gains important resources.”

The daughter of Cuban-born parents, Solo-Gabriele is a long-time member of the UM “family.”  Her father, Emilio Solo, earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Miami in 1964. “He would bring our family to the UM pool, and it was always a special trip to come to the campus,” she says. Following in her father’s footsteps, she and her husband, Frank Gabriele, III, introduced their two daughters, Christina, now 19, and Elizabeth, 12, to the campus at an early age. Read the full story

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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Graphic Designer Shares Her Talents—and Gifts

Ivonne de la Paz

Ivonne de la Paz

Whether designing a course catalog, updating the website, or posting an upcoming event on social media, Ivonne de la Paz, A.B. ’01, enjoys showcasing the School of Architecture. “This is an inspiring place to work,” says the school’s graphics and web publications coordinator, who also contributes to the school’s capital campaign and the University’s annual fund. “I feel fortunate to be able to give back.”

A native of South Florida, de la Paz has always loved art and architecture. She studied architectural history at Miami Dade College, where she earned her associate’s degree in 1999 before transferring to the University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences. “I worked full time at the college, and benefited from the University’s tuition remission program,” she says. “Now, my gifts can help other students fulfill their educational dreams.”

With degree in hand, de la Paz went to work at the School of Architecture’s Center for Urban and Community Design in a position funded by a federal grant. She worked closely with faculty in preparing an exhibition and two publications on designing affordable homes. When the grant ended, de la Paz was offered the job of publications coordinator, and jumped at the opportunity.

“I really enjoy being a graphic designer, working on everything from campus maps to faculty publications and flyers for our exhibits,” she says. “Much like an interior designer, creating appealing visual compositions requires thinking about space, color, and what elements to emphasize and/or understate.”

When she’s not designing print and online publications, de la Paz enjoys spending time with her husband, Anthony Calzadilla, their son, Alek, and daughter, Ayla, who was recently accepted into the fine arts program at the New World School of the Arts. She also likes to spend time outdoors, exercising, bicycling, and swimming.

“I am very thankful to the University for giving me so many opportunities to grow, both personally and professionally,” she says. “I can’t imagine a better place to work.”


Read about other faculty and staff who support the U.

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